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Seller mislabeled Conus mercator?
12-27-2017, 11:03 AM, (This post was last modified: 12-27-2017, 11:38 AM by JackSullivan.)
Seller mislabeled Conus mercator?
In my study of the Senegal endemic Conidae I resorted my growing collection into separate compartmented plastic boxes by species: C. mercator, C. cacao so far. In the process I gained a familiarity with the different species by size, shape & pigmentation pattern. One shell stuck out as being likely mislabeled by the seller as C. mercator from the Dakar area. On examination, this shell appears instead to be a small example of C. cacao, which is found 80 kms south of Dakar in the Thies region of the country. I'm throwing it out here for comment.

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01-07-2018, 02:07 PM,
RE: Seller mislabeled Conus mercator?
Conus cacao is not officially recognized as a species. This specimen does resemble the form called cacao, but there are also intermediate forms known.

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